The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) is the federal organization in charge of enforcing drug laws. They decide what’s illegal, what’s really illegal, and what is legal under certain circumstances. Physicians such as the head of CNN’s Medical Unit, neurologist Sanjay Gupta, and many politicians — even former Attorney General Eric Holder — have called on the DEA to reconsider the classification of cannabis.
Currently, cannabis is grouped with heroin and LSD among the so-called “Schedule I narcotics”, meaning it has (a) no known medical use and (b) high potential for abuse or overdose. With no lethal dose, government patents on its medical use, and even some patients receiving taxpayer-funded medical cannabis from the fedgov, neither of those conditions applies to cannabis; so it logically should be removed from Schedule I.
A Schedule II narcotic, to put it in perspective, is known to have some medicinal purpose but also a high risk of abuse, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and morphine. (These needle drugs — which actually are addictive — are on a LOWER schedule than weed.) Progressing down the scale toward Schedule V, drugs purportedly become more medically useful and less dangerous. Cannabis is less dangerous than sugar. That would, if logic again were at work, take cannabis off the schedule entirely. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about logic being invited to any DEA pot party.
The plant is deeply rooted in a Catch-22. More scientific studies are needed to verify the benefits; but, until the plant is either removed from the outdated DEA schedule completely, or at least moved down to Schedule II, it will be impossible to get those studies approved, let alone funded.
This week, the DEA announced that it will consider reclassifying cannabis, which is terrific news to the commonsense club. It’s a baby step in the right direction. But it’s hard to get one’s hopes up when the head of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg, refuses to keep an open mind. As recently as November of 2015, Mr. Rosenberg stated, “What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not.”
Dissing the docs
Dr with Medical Marijuana[/caption]Openly challenging the educated medical opinion of multiple licensed physicians and then discrediting those benefits that they contend smoking the herb can offer? It does not bode well, to say nothing of the naked chutzpah on vulgar display at DEA. It seems that Mr. (not Dr.) Rosenberg has decided that, in his medical opinion, the doctors are wrong; and since people smoke the herb, he needs to save us from it.
The people who have stories to tell of being saved by cannabis, the people who care about their loved ones’ continued access to medicines that heal instead of harm — we all need to make our voices heard. We need to demand that our appointed officials carefully scrutinize the scientific facts. And the way to do that is to let our elected officials know that we will hold them accountable for holding these appointed officials accountable.
Do it NOW
If you feel so inclined — heck, even if you don’t — you should take the five or ten minutes RIGHT NOW to let your local, state, and federal legislators know that you are a concerned citizen in favor of freedom. Do it now. Then it’s done. Implore your legislators to take a stand in favor of cannabis de-classification and de-scheduling. Find out how to contact any of your state’s elected officials.
For the time being, while the entire nation can at least hope the DEA will come to its senses, residents of certain states can exercise their innate personal liberty to consume herb, either at their discretion or with a doctor’s recommendation. Ingesting “medibles”, or edible cannabis, has shown to be longer-lasting and more medically effective at relieving conditions such as chronic pain, digestive issues, and anxiety than smoking it.
Fortunately, years ago a company called MagicalButter created the world’s first countertop device for converting cannabis to edible form. The Botanical Extractor™ infuses the essence of herbs into butter, alcohol, or cooking oil for supercharging almost any recipe imaginable. Toss in your ingredients, and push a button. When it’s done, you can enjoy your medibles discreetly anytime, anywhere, with no worries about disturbing anyone or getting hassled. The appliance as easy to use as a toaster.
If only keeping the DEA under control were this simple.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amber Boone considers writing the cornerstone of communication. She interviews MMA (mixed martial arts) athletes for CombatPress.com and opines on MMA at FightItOut.com. She’s passionate about helping folks tell their stories and making the world a better place, which includes working to win the freedom of Americans to partake of the herb. When not writing or playing beach volleyball, she can be found at her day job—for now. Follow Amber on Twitter @thruthetrees11.